School of Professional Studies

Nursing Department : Graduate Nursing Program

Graduate Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the M.S. in Nursing program are made through the Division of Graduate Studies. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work with the graduate application fee. Admission to the M.S. in Nursing program is selective. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from a recognized accrediting agency, or equivalent undergraduate preparation; achieve a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (required for those applicants with an undergraduate QPA of less than 3.00); and hold a current CT RN license. Applicants must have at least 1 year of clinical practice prior to entry into the MS program, and 2 years of clinical experience before starting the clinical practicum courses.  At the time of application, candidates must provide a resume and one letter of recommendation. Applicants must submit a one page writing sample that answers the following:  “What motivational factors influenced your decision to pursue a degree as an advanced practice nurse.”  Written submissions should be one (1) page in length and no more than 500 words.  All applications must be received by November 1 for Spring admissions and by April 1 for fall admissions. As part of the admission process, the candidate must meet with the MS program coordinator to develop a plan of study.

Prior to enrollment in NUR 575, Advanced Health Assessment, students will be required to present evidence that they have either completed a basic physical assessment course within the past five years, or demonstrate successful performance on an examination to evaluate baseline assessment knowledge and skills.